Current Fellows

  • Mariel Bello

    Graduate Training: Clinical Psychology, University of Southern California (2022)

    Residency: Clinical Psychology Internship Training Program, Alpert Medical School of Brown University (2022)

    Dissertation Title: Effects of Menthol, Mint, and Tobacco E-Cigarettes on Appeal and Tobacco Withdrawal in Menthol Smokers (NSF Fellowship Awardee)

    Undergraduate Institution: University of California, Riverside

    Interests: Etiology and underlying mechanisms of substance use disorders among underserved populations and the development of novel, culturally tailored evidence-based treatments to effectively treat substance use and psychiatric conditions in disadvantaged, minority groups

  • Benjamin Berey

    Benjamin Berey

    Mentors: Elizabeth Aston and Jane Metrik

    Benjamin Berey received his Ph.D. in Health and Human Performance from the University of Florida in 2020. Ben’s research focuses on etiologic risk factors for substance use disorders, particularly AUD, using human laboratory alcohol administration paradigms to examine how individual differences in facets of impulsivity and subjective responses are related to heavy drinking and AUD risk.

    Funded by the NIAAA T32

  • Holly Boyle

    Graduate Training: Behavioral and Social Sciences, Brown University School of Public Health (2022)

    Dissertation Title: Examining Person and Event-Level Predictors and Consequences of Simultaneous Alcohol and Marijuana (SAM) via Mixed Methods (NIH-NIAAA F31 Awardee)

    Undergraduate Institution: Smith College

    Interests: Etiology and consequences of co-use of alcohol and cannabis among young adults; using mixed-methods, including qualitative methods (e.g., individual interviews) and event-level quantitative assessment (e.g., ecological momentary assessment), to understand young adults’ substance use; developing more effective prevention and intervention efforts that focus on both risky single and multi-substance use behavior among young adults

  • sarah_chavez

    Sarah Chavez

    Graduate Training: Interdisciplinary Research on Substance Use, University of California San Diego and San Diego State University (2022)

    Dissertation Title: A Sequential Mixed-Methods Study Examining Moderators and Mediators of Adverse Childhood Experiences on Alcohol Use among Latinx Young Adults (NIH-NIAAA T32 Predoctoral Trainee)

    Undergraduate Institution: University of Redlands, Redlands, CA

    Interests: Risk and protective factors and racial/ethnic differences in alcohol-specific outcomes; expanding our understanding of the relationship between childhood adversity and heavy episodic drinking among Latinx young adults; developing culturally based alcohol-specific interventions for Latinx young adults, who are at risk for an AUD, in her near future. 

  • Erin Ferguson

    Graduate Training: Clinical and Health Psychology, University of Florida (2023)

    Residency: Clinical Psychology Internship Training Program, Alpert Medical School of Brown University (2023)

    Dissertation Title: Impact of Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness on Demand for Alcohol and Cannabis among Co-Users

    Undergraduate: Spelman College

    Interests: Contextual factors associated with alcohol and cannabis use among those with comorbid chronic health conditions (e.g. HIV, pain); developing substance use interventions for integrated care settings

  • Neo Gebru

    Graduate Training: Health Behavior, University of Florida (2022)

    Dissertation Title: Relations Among Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEp) Use, Sexual Behaviors, and Alcohol Use (NIH-NIAAA F31 Awardee)

    Undergraduate Institution: University of Maryland, College Park

    Interests: Factors that underlie health-related decision-making and risky behaviors, specifically unhealthy substance use and sexual risk-taking; applying behavioral economic concepts to better understand risky health behaviors and substance use among adolescents and young adults in different contexts

  • Emily Helminen

    Graduate Training: School Psychology, Syracuse University

    Dissertation Title: Effects of a brief group-based compassion intervention on physiological and subjective stress reactivity

    Undergraduate: Michigan Technological University

    Interests: Developing and testing compassion-based interventions for co-occurring posttraumatic stress symptoms and substance use among sexual and gender minority people; Understanding physiological (e.g., stress reactivity) and psychological (e.g., shame) mechanisms by which compassion-based interventions are effective

  • Sarah Maloney

    Graduate Training: Health Psychology, Virginia Commonwealth University (2022)

    Dissertation Title: The Abuse Liability Profile of Unflavored, Sucralose-Sweetened, Electronic Cigarette in Combustible Cigarette Smokers (NIH-NIDA F31 Awardee)

    Undergraduate Institution: Northern Kentucky University

    Interests: Behavioral psychopharmacology, with interests in nicotine and tobacco, cannabis, alcohol, and caffeine substance use and co-use; clinical evaluations of electronic cigarette use liability and comparing the use liability profiles of these products with other novel tobacco products and to products with established abuse liability profiles

  • Jamie Parnes

    Jamie Parnes received his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Colorado State University. Jamie's research focuses on identifying treatment mechanisms and moderators for adolescent substance use concerns, particularly related to cannabis use. Additionally, he is interested in examining how identities (e.g., LGBTQ+) relate to substance use outcomes to improve treatment for underserved populations.

    Funded by a NIDA F32.

  • Roselyn Peterson

    Graduate Training: Clinical Psychology PhD, University of Central Florida (2023)

    Residency: Brown University

    Dissertation Title: Assessment of Sexual Protective Behavioral Strategies: Development of the Sexual and Negative Dating Inventory (SANDI)

    Undergraduate: Seattle University

    Interests: Sexual violence, Alcohol use, and Protective Behavioral Strategies


  • Chanda Phelan

    Graduate Training: Information, University of Michigan (2022)

    Dissertation Title: The Double-Edged Sword: Opportunities, Threats, and Strategies for Technology in Substance Use Disorder Recovery

    Undergraduate Institution: Pomona College, Claremont, CA

    Interests: Human-computer interaction research focused on the opportunities and challenges of integrating technology into SUD treatment and understanding how technology is used during the recovery journey

  • Megan Strowger

    Graduate Training: Health Psychology, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA (2023)

    Dissertation Title: The effect of viewing different modalities of alcohol-related social media content shared by friends on alcohol outcomes: A longitudinal examination (NIH-NIAAA F31 Awardee)

    Undergraduate: Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA

    Interests: In-person and online social influences on alcohol use among young adults; social network and longitudinal methods; developing alcohol interventions for young adults which also focus on the impact of alcohol-related social media.